Program Description

Are you curious? Do you wonder what makes the universe tick? Do you like solving problems with your head or coming up with interesting, hands-on solutions? A physicist’s work ranges from basic research into the tiny subatomic realm to the dynamics of galaxies, as well as the practical development of devices and instruments. This program prepares students to transfer to a four-year institution for continued study in physics. Physics students acquire skills that are in high demand: problem solving, data analysis, ability to communicate complex ideas and an understanding of how the world works.

Degree Programs

Physics (Associate of Science)

This program prepares students to transfer to a four-year institution for continued study in physics. A physicist’s work ranges from basic research into the subatomic realm to the dynamics of galaxies as well as the practical development of devices and instruments. Physics graduates have skills that are in high demand: problem solving, data analysis, ability to communicate complex ideas and an understanding of how the world works. Students with a bachelor’s degree in physics may continue their education, or enter the workforce.

Required Courses & Learning Outcomes

See a list of required courses and learning outcomes for this program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of careers are possible?

Physics prepares you to work with many other sciences; to name a few: astronaut, astronomer, astrophysicist, biophysicist, chemical physicist, computer programmer, modeler or analyst, geophysicist, high school or college teacher, materials physicist, research and development, and engineering.

What is the difference between majoring in physics and engineering?

There are many overlapping courses that both majors require. Physics is a science that deals with the fundamental aspects of the world, such as the nature and properties of matter and energy. The subject matter of physics, distinguished from that of chemistry and biology, includes mechanics, heat, light and other radiation, sound, electricity, magnetism, and the structure of atoms. Physicists seek understanding and help in the exploration of our world by asking fundamental questions and trying to answer them by observing and experimenting. Engineering is a profession that focuses on the application of science, technology, and math to solve problems. Engineers figure out how things work and find practical uses for scientific discoveries.

Can I major in physics and engineering at the same time?

Yes. Physics can be linked with many other sciences and technologies. Physicists and engineers often work collaboratively on the same team for project completion.

What are the job statistics for completing a physics bachelor’s degree?

A recent survey from the American Institute of Physics reports 43% of physics bachelor’s recipients go directly to the workforce while 57% go on to graduate school for advanced degrees, one third of which are in other fields such as medicine, law, other science fields or engineering. Overall employment of physicists and astronomers is projected to grow 14% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.

Is there any opportunity for student employment in the physics discipline at Cecil College?

Yes. Students who qualify for work study are encouraged to apply as well as students looking for part time work as a lab assistant.

Admissions & Advising

Cecil College is an open enrollment institution. Get more information, find out how to apply, or meet with an advisor.

Transfer

Whether transferring coursework to Cecil College or transferring your completed degree or certificate to a four year institution, transfer is a viable option to help meet your educational goals.

Transfer information for Maryland colleges and universities is available through the Articulation System of Maryland (ARTSYS) website at www.artsys.usmd.edu. Additional transfer information can be found on the Transfer Agreements page.

Faculty

Full-time Faculty

Gail Wyant
Professor of Physics, Engineering and GeoSciences
M.S., SUNY Stony Brook University

Adjunct Faculty

Cecil College's adjunct science faculty hold advanced degrees in their fields and are actively employed in STEM disciplines.